The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

So today I tried an experiment. I took two different recipes and adapted them together. The first was a brine, the second was for the roasting. Here’s what I did in case you want to try it…

Brine:

  • 2 gallons Water
  • 1 gallon Apple Juice
  • 1c Kosher Salt
  • 3/4c Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2c Maple Syrup

Combine in brining bag or unscented trash bag in 5 gallon bucket, cooler, etc. Use your imagination. Just keep the turkey refrigerated and totally covered in liquid during this process. Brine about 12 hours or overnight.

Once done brining, pat the turkey dry and continue with this roasting recipe:

  • 1c butter (room temp)
  • 2T Rosemary
  • 2T Thyme
  • 1 Onion (quartered)
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (quartered)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 6 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 6 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 3c Apple Juice
  • 1c Water

Combine butter, rosemary and thyme together and rub under turkey skin. Rub any leftover butter mix all over turkey. Insert onion, apple, garlic, rosemary and thyme sprigs into turkey cavity and tie legs together. Place in roasting pan along with the apple juice and water. Roast per instructions for turkey size covering with foil once skin browns. Temperature should read 180°F in thickest part of the breast and leg. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

Body Scans. Who’s The Real Terrorist?

Months ago, Big Brother was touting their body scanners and showing us images like this:

Body Scan Image

And this:

Body Scanner Image

Now, after a PR nightmare, and public backlash over the devices (scanner or else… [pat down]) DHS releases this photo:

Body Scanner Image

DHS tells us its this blurry. They say the face is blanked out. They expect us to believe this picture is real.

On an image of that quality, would could you really find a weapon? I don’t think so. But they expect us to believe them.

TSA wants to force you through these scanners. If you refuse, you are subject to a public, humiliating full body pat down. Personally, I don’t want anybody (else) grabbing my balls. This “do what we say or else” mentality is getting out of control.

By definition, the word “terrorism” means:

the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

By that definition, I believe the TSA and DHS just qualified themselves of terrorists. Who do we send in to round them up?